AB de Villiers (in picture) and JP Duminy have batted beautifully in the morning session © Getty Images
AB de Villiers (in picture) and JP Duminy have batted beautifully in the morning session © Getty Images

 

Feb 21, 2014

 

South Africa have reached 323 for the loss of five wickets at the end of the first session on Day Two of the second Test against Australia at Port Elizabeth.

 

Starting their innings at 214 for the loss of five wickets on Day Two morning, both the overnight not out batsmen, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy played brilliantly in the morning session, adding over a 100 runs to propel South Africa’s first innings score.

 

Both batsmen have looked in sublime touch in the morning session. Duminy was the initial aggressor as de Villiers took his time to settle in. Duminy took an attacking approach to facing Mitchell Johnson, which actually helped his cause.

 

When Nathan Lyon was introduced into the attack, then de Villiers finally broke free and played some wonderful drives on both sides of the wicket. When Peter Siddle invited him to go over the top on the leg-side, he obliged with a six.

 

Both the batsmen took the attack to the Aussie bowlers who have looked slightly clueless during the morning session. De Villiers, who had already brought up his fifty last night (thus becoming the only person to register 12 consecutive fifties in as many Tests), brought up his hundred in the 112th over of the innings with a four. He is now also the third highest run-getter in Tests in 2013-14, after Misbah-ul-Haq and Brendon McCullum.

 

Just prior to de Villiers reaching his century, Duminy brought up his fifty. Duminy has looked in fantastic touch in the morning session, as both the batsmen also brought up their 100-run partnership.

 

The first session of Day Two has completely belonged to the South Africans, and Australia will be hoping they can get the breakthrough early next session.

 

Brief scores:

 

South Africa 314 for 5 (Dean Elgar 83, AB de Villiers 102*, JP Duminy 59*; Nathan Lyon 2 for 81) vs Australia.

 

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